Frans David Oerder (South African, 1867-1944) Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout's Farm, Bezuidenhout Valley

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Lot 4*
Frans David Oerder
(South African, 1867-1944)
Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout's Farm, Bezuidenhout Valley

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 25,000 - 38,000
Amended
Frans David Oerder (South African, 1867-1944)
Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout's Farm, Bezuidenhout Valley
signed 'F.D. Oerder' (lower right)
oil on canvas
48.5 x 95cm (19 1/8 x 37 3/8in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Gifted to Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout by the artist, 1890s
    Thence by direct descent to the current owner

    LITERATURE
    F.L. Alexander, Art in South Africa, (Cape Town, 1962), ILLUSTRATED P.53, fig.3, titled The Rand in the early days, 1899


    Voortrekker Barend Christiaan Viljoen (1807-1859) settled at Doornfontein, named for the fountain (fontein) and thorn trees (doringbome) there. The farm was then bequeathed to Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout (1825-1900), who had married Barend's only child Judith (1831-1904) in 1849. The farm was extensive; a beautiful green valley with a vlei or marsh at the bottom of the farm, stretching from Judith's Paarl (named after Judith Viljoen), up to Cyrildene, over to Gillooly's Farm, and the Kensington ridge in the south. Doornfontein was one of twenty farms which became the future city of Johannesburg.

    Frans Oerder stayed at Bezuidenhout's Farm soon after his arrival in South Africa from Holland in 1890, and the present lot was gifted to Frederick Jacobus in lieu of board and lodging.

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